Skier On First Date Requires Rescue After a Nasty Fall In “The Great One”

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Gallatin County SAR at work. Photo: GCSO

Summer skiing is awesome but not without its hazards. The Gallatin County Sheriffs Office is reporting that a 23-year-old female (while on a first date) fell and required rescue while attempting to ski The Great One north of Bozeman, Montana on Wednesday evening at about 9:30 pm.

The Great One is an aesthetic north-facing couloir that often holds snow late into the summer or even year-round. Skiing this line in August and September is fairly common, but it’s often sun cupped and peppered with loose rocks.

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The Great One in June last year. Photo: Mike Lavery

The female skier lost control and fell approximately 800 feet before coming to rest, likely in the scree fields below the couloir. According to the sheriff she was in pretty rough condition and would have been far worse had she not been wearing a helmet. Gallatin County Search and Rescue were mobilized to the scene via helicopter and on foot, arriving at the patient just after midnight. She was packaged and transported the hospital. No further word on her condition.